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King’s wife recovering from likely overdose

PROVO, Utah

A spokesman for Larry King says the talk-show host’s wife is recovering after an apparent prescription-drug overdose last month in Utah. Emergency medical workers were called to Shawn King’s home in Provo on May 28. Her father dialed 911 after finding the 50-year-old woman in her bed, breathing but not responding when he tried to wake her. He told dispatchers that he thought she may have taken too much medication for anxiety or depression. Larry and Shawn King filed for divorce in April.

Gingrich promotes Pope John Paul II film

WARSAW, Poland

The prominent U.S. Republican Newt Gingrich — a recent convert to Catholicism — is in Poland promoting a documentary he co-produced on Pope John Paul II’s role in defeating communism.

Gingrich said Wednesday that his film, “Nine Days that Changed the World,” is needed to remind young Poles, secular historians and people worldwide of John Paul’s anti-totalitarian convictions. The film tracks a visit John Paul made to Poland in 1979.

Mr. Potato Head adding Elvis version

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

The Elvis Presley estate has signed a deal for Hasbro Inc. and PPW Toys to release an Elvis version of Mr. Potato Head. Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Presley’s Graceland estate, told The Commercial Appeal the new toy is one of 15,000 Elvis-licensed products and is one the company is excited about.

The first of the Elvis potato heads will be released for Elvis Tribute Week in August. The toy will be in a jumpsuit. A second version — dressed in black leather — will be on the market for Christmas.

Toby Keith to join Boston Pops on July 4

BOSTON

Country music star Toby Keith will celebrate Independence Day with the Boston Pops.

Liberty Mutual, the event’s sponsor, announced Wednesday that Keith will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks show on the banks of the Charles River.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter’s hits include “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This,” and “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue.”

The “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” hosted by Craig Ferguson of “The Late Late Show,” will be televised on CBS.

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